Dana Raphael 1926-2016
On this international women’s day I would like to remember an international pioneer for women and children’s rights. A woman who has paved the way for me and many others to carry on the important work of ‘mothering the mother’ a phrase she coined along with the terms ‘matrescence’ and ‘doula’.
•A women affected by dyslexia who went on to become a doctor of anthropology.
•A women who despite difficulties breastfeeding her first son (that ultimately led to her ground-breaking work in improving breastfeeding outcomes for women worldwide through setting up the Human Lactation Centre) went on to breastfeed consecutive children (including an adopted child) with success.
•A woman who took on big businesses like Nestle who were found to be misleading mothers living in parts of the world without access to clean water, that formula was better for their baby.
•A woman who played a pivotal role in getting ritual abuse on the agenda every year at the United Nations Conference on the Status of Women.
Dana Raphael took ballet classes three times a week up until the age of 89, before passing away at the age of 90. To find out more about this incredible women start here; https://embryo.asu.edu/pages/d
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